During our consultation events residents frequently tell us that there are too many badly parked vehicles on the estate. We want to reduce the number of parked cars on the estate and to encourage residents to make it easier for residents to use more environmentally friendly modes of transport. There is a parking space for every three properties and spaces will be available on streets for existing residents with some private parking available, in podiums and in basements.
We intend to build new cycle route and foot paths in the new park from Clapham Junction to the Thames pathway. This will create a safe and attractive link between the station and the river Thames which will make it easier for residents and commuters to enjoy the boroughs natural assets.
The estates are located between Clapham Junction Station and the river Thames. The two estates were a product of a series of redevelopments during the mid 20th Century from streets of terraced houses to a variety of types of housing. The York Road estate provides large blocks of homes with less planned external spaces whilst the Winstanley Estate was built in two phases with the second phases providing a public realm which in large parts benefitted from design by a Landscape Architect.
York Road is a major vehicle route through Wandsworth creating the northern boundary of the development site, connecting with Falcon Road to the east and Plough Road to the west. Both of these roads are active routes providing busy pedestrian and vehicle links to Lavender Hill and Battersea Town centre. To the South of the site is the railway and Clapham Junction station, a major transport node in South West London providing accessibility to the rest of London and South West England.
There are few heritage assets in the immediate vicinity of the development site. But only a little further away across the tracks to the South are a number of buildings in the commercial centre of Battersea. To the North, again across a rail line, is Battersea Square which sits in its conservation area and includes a number of fine buildings that communicate some of the character of the old village, by the Thames, that was early Battersea.
The new road layout has been designed to reduce congestion and to make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians. By encouraging non-vehicular movement the design increases footfall in the area ensuring spaces become more active and self-policing helping to reduce anti-social behaviour.
Our scheme proposes to change the 170 bus route so that it travels from Grant Road down Winstanley Road (as shown below). This will make it easier for residents of both the Winstanley estate and the York Road estate to use local buses and will encourage residents from across the borough to travel to the new leisure facility.
The development has committed to develop a brand new Council owned leisure and community facility which will benefit both residents of the immediate estate but also from the rest of the borough. The affordable housing and community facilities meet the Wandsworth Council’s highest standards and fully address the requirements in the design brief which is informed by the Mayors Design guide and Sport Englands best practice guides for leisure centres.
Most of the mansion blocks framing the improved York Gardens are mixed tenure, with separate entrances and lift cores per tenure type, which also give access and views through to the communal courtyards. There will be difference in terms of material, building appearance or quality of landscape in the design of these blocks, creating a truly integrated community.
Housing choice is at the core of our vision. We are designing a wide variety of properties including one to three bed flats, accessed from communal entrances and cores, and three to seven bed maisonettes and flats each with their own private outdoor spaces. Many homes will enjoy views of the park, landscaped courtyards and across the river. The blocks will also have large windows which will allow daylight into the properties.
Furthermore, all properties will meet the Mayors standards for accessibility, “lifetime homes” and 10% of all the properties will be fully wheelchair accessible, including all replacement homes meeting the individual needs of existing residents for accessibility adaptions as assessed by the councils occupational therapists.
The design of the streets and open spaces, with increased densities and wider mix of uses, enhances security and passive surveillance throughout scheme. The layout promotes a sense of ownership, respect and responsibility towards the streets and wider environment, creating a sense of community.
Our concept for the new combined Leisure, Community, Library and Children’s Centre is of a fully integrated facility; a vibrant, welcoming and inclusive building which is embedded within the local community. It will be accessible from the park and will become an attractive destination for Wandsworth residents providing the estate with a sustainable community asset.
During our consultation events we have listened to the views of residents and have designed a facility which goes beyond the original brief and which responds to the needs of the community.
Key concepts and design principals include:
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